MMA H.E.A.T. Podcast #178: Are MMA Tournaments + Bare Knuckle Fights Good Ideas? UFC Moncton Preview

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On this edition of The MMA H.E.A.T. Podcast, Karyn Bryant and UFC Welterweight Alan Jouban discuss the tournament format in MMA and how it may or may not be a good idea for fighters. They also discuss bare knuckle fights and what effect they may have on the MMA audience. In addition, they preview the upcoming action at UFC Moncton, which features Volkan Oezdemir vs Anthony Smith and Michael Johnson vs Artem Lobov in the main and co-main events respectively.

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MMA H.E.A.T. is a headline-making production company dedicated to covering the emerging sport of Mixed Martial Arts. Hosted by FOX Sports anchor and former CNN anchor, Karyn Bryant, our content ranges from intimate fighter interviews, to event coverage (UFC, Bellator, WSOF, RUFF), to technique instruction and beyond. Success in MMA is the result of four core elements: Heart. Endurance. Aggression. Technique.™ Our unique magazine style series celebrates all of these pieces of the MMA fighting puzzle in a way that fans love. MMA H.E.A.T. is headquartered in Los Angeles, California and operates worldwide through partnerships and affiliates. It was co-founded by Wade Eck and Karyn Bryant.

13 Comments on "MMA H.E.A.T. Podcast #178: Are MMA Tournaments + Bare Knuckle Fights Good Ideas? UFC Moncton Preview"

  1. I am not a fan of tournaments. I try to support all forms of MMA but I don't like PFL's tournament. It's a giant mess. It was a giant clusterfuck with names that we dont know of. Oh yeah for the finals there will be a Women's Lightweight division fight featuring Kayla Harrison. Sean O Connell has stated PFL has given him a 2nd life as a fighter and a lead analyst. Sean hosts the prelims on facebook. Plus for example Johnny Hollywood Case was an alternate in the tournament and got in cause of the mess of the New York State Athletic Commission. I dont like Bare Knuckle fighting either although I am glad fighters can get places to work. Rowdy Bec Rawlings who is the BKFC Women's Flyweight Champion is dub the Queen of Bare Knuckle. This is a women who didn't have a great UFC run. I think she was really a 125 lb fighter struggling at 115 due to the UFC's delay of starting that division. I saw Bec's title defense vs Britian hart and I cringed cause these people including Bec love being there but its not a long life in Bare Knuckle. Maybe what 5-10 fights at the best.

  2. UFC Fight Night 138- Oedezmir vs Smith from Montcon, New Brunswick
    Fight Pass Prelims @ 630PM/330PM
    Lightweight Division
    Steven Ray 21-8: 5-3 vs. Jessin Ayari 16-4: 1-1

    Heavyweight Division
    Arjan Singh Bhullar 7-1: 1-1 vs. Marcelo Golm 6-1: 1-1

    Lightweight Division
    Don Madge 7-3-1 vs. Te'Jovan Edwards 6-1

    Prelims on FS1 @ 8PM/5PM
    Women's Bantamweight Division
    Sarah Moras 5-3: 2-2 vs. Talita Bernado 5-3: 0-2

    Featherweight Division
    Calvin Kattar 18-3: 2-1 vs. Chris Fishgold 16-1-1

    Lightweight Division
    Thibault Gouti 12-4: 1-4 vs. Nasrat Haqparast 9-2: 1-1

    Welterweight Division
    Nordine Taleb 14-5: 6-3 vs. Sean Strickland 19-3: 6-3

    Main Card on FS1 @ 10PM/7PM
    Welterweight Division
    Alex Garcia 15-5; 5-4 vs. Court McGee 18-7:7-6

    Light Heavyweight Division
    Gian Villante 16-10: 5-7 vs. Ed Herman 23-13, 1NC: 10-10, 1NC

    Bantamweight Division
    Andre Soutkhamth 12-6: 1-3 vs. Jonathan Martinez 9-1

    Light Heavyweight Division
    11. Misha Cirunkov 13-4: 4-2 vs. 14. Patrick Cummins 10-5: 6-5

    Featherweight Division
    Artem Lobov 13-14-1, 1NC: 2-4 vs. Micheal Johnson 18-13: 10-9

    Light Heavyweight Division
    2. Volkan Oedezmir 15-2: 3-1 vs. 10. Anthony Smith 30-13: 6-3

  3. 31:40 Good one, Karyn "at least you know he didn't show up to like lay on somebody" Bryant ;-)btw was that a jab at Stipe (for the Ngannou fight)? Of course Stipe has a long way to go before he's can be considered at the same level as Artem the Hammer goat Lobov, but come on, give the guy a break, He has been a good HW Champion for the UFC, IMHO of course.

    • +BBB Sorry you feel that way! We may not have as much on-site coverage at events as we used to, but we are a very small company and don't always have the manpower! TBH, I also don't love giving away my hard work to other outlets when everyone with a cell phone can hijack an interview at ultimate media day (it happens A LOT). We're definitely still doing one-on-one interviews and gym visits though. The last couple weeks in MMA have been slow, but stay tuned!

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